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29th November 2005

foxfeather10:33am: Pre-Orders Shipping now!
If you pre-ordered a card deck previously, just a heads up that they are shipping out now! Keep an eye out for them in the mail!

1st November 2005

foxfeather2:42am: A few decks left!
Ok, due to a few people holding cards and not sending payments, there are 8 decks back up for sale. Grab them now, and if the site says 'Sold Out' again, that means they are gone. Again, these are pre-sales only, please be assured that card sets will go on sale through the participating artists at a later date!

Buy now!

Grab 'em while you can for pre-holiday delivery!
Current Mood: busy

17th October 2005

foxfeather12:04pm: Bestiary Cards

Due to an overwhelming response, the Bestiary card pre-sale decks are already SOLD OUT!

If you are still interested in a deck, please don't fret. Participating artists will have limited numbers of the decks for sale, and hopefully they will be available at MFF and FC. So, keep posted here and keep a keen eye out for them at the upcoming conventions, if you will be attending!

Thank you so much for your patronage and part in helping us make this project a great success!

16th October 2005

gatcat11:16am: Artists! Need additional information...
Howdy! So here we are, in the late stages of preproduction. Doesn't it feel good? I can almost taste the decks now!

We're almost ready to go to press with the informational booklet, which will contain artist contact information. You'll recall that you've given me contact information for the sake of business correspondence and copyright issues. However, some of you have expressed the interest that this information remain private.

So.

Here's what I'm requesting: Please respond here or email me (bestiary.keeper@gmail.com) ASAP with the contact information you would like included with the Bestiary deck so your newly adoring fans may contact you and shower you with shekels. I'll be honest: I would prefer just an email or website address. But if you feel a phone number is more effective, so be it. They're your stalkers, pal.

If I do not hear from you within a week's time, I must default to leaving the contact information blank.

Thanks!

14th October 2005

foxfeather4:36pm: Cards are available for pre-sale NOW!
Be one of the first to get your hands on a brand new, limited edition set of beautifully printed, full-color Bestiary Cards!

Bestiary Cards

A very limited number of card decks are available for pre-sale, so get them while they are available and get your own deck, hot-off-the-presses!

These unique cards will make an excellent holiday gift for any animal lover (or a great treat for yourself!), order now to ensure you have a set in time.

Thank you for your patience and patronage, we hope you are as excited about this project as we are, and if you get a set, we promise you won't be dissapointed!

-The Bestiary Cards Staff

P.S. Participating artists, please check your inboxes! If you did not recieve an email from me today, please contact me immediately! foxfeather @ foxloft.com

10th October 2005

berbalang2:05pm: 'bout damn time! (Big Image!)
Hey folks!

After a very long wait, here's the final version of Her Royal Red Panda Highness, the Queen of Hearts:

Read more...Collapse )
Current Mood: industrious

4th October 2005

kenket2:54pm: Playing Photoshop till dawn with a deck of 21.
Okay folks!

Just a quick update to let you know what is going on. While foxfeather and gatcat are busy solidifying the production prices and getting the accompanying booklet set up I've been busy getting your art integrated into the proper card format. In doing this last task, however, it has come to my attention that I have high-res scans of only 21 artworks..!

If you have not yet sent me a high-res scan of your art, DO SO NOW!
You can email the files (300dpi, preferably as an uncompressed JPG or a TIFF) to kenket@kenket.com, or, if you prefur, send me a link to a URL where I can find the scan online.

Thanks! ;>

12th September 2005

gatcat8:30pm: And the winner iiiis...
WOW, what a tough decision! Thank you to everybody who contributed an entry...these were all EXACTLY the things we were looking for, and you've made the job of choosing extremely difficult.

But after much long review and discussion, the panel has picked the winner and new champeeeeen...Collapse )
(For those of you not familiar with LJ, you click the bit that says "the winner" etc etc etc to open the LJ cut and see what's underneath)

Thanks again, everybody who submitted and commented. Truly wonderful work! :>

kyoht2:42pm: Gelada King of Spades


Just wanna say thanks to Gat, Kenket, and Fox for letting me be a part of this project and for all the hard work they've put into this. You guys are awesome *maul.*
Current Mood: accomplished
desertcoyote12:10pm: Hi all- some fantastic art here! I just love those ravens and coelacanths and the barn owls (and of course I'm partial to the coyote ;))...but wow- everything is top notch!
Here's my entry- I was told I could do a black-and-white drawing, which is easier (faster) for me right now, and as soon as "raccoon" and "clubs" were mentioned to me, the "club"-like marking on their faces popped in my mind and I knew that's what I'd be drawing. (What's also cool is last weekend, while up in the AZ high country, I saw my first live raccoons in this state crossing the road in front of me at night! It was a family of four or five, mama and her little ones. That gave me the idea of a family of 'coons.) Anyway, I hope what they're poking at is clear- let me know if it is or isn't. I've been working on it too long to have a fresh eye. Hopefully all is clear and looking Ok! The raccoon's markings are a bit stylized, but that seems to fit with much of the other art here... I've loved people's takes on the animals they've worked on... some very clever designs!
Thanks again for the opportunity to work on this card set! I can't wait to own one of these sets! :)

Raccoon Ten of Clubs
Current Mood: artistic

3rd September 2005

kenket10:18pm: Bestiary Card Contest!

This amazing deck needs an equally amazing design on its back, and we want YOU to create it. (Yes YOU!)

We're looking for an image which is (preferably) rotationally symmetrical, or simply looks good held either way. It should fit the Bestiary theme, including many animals or aspects of animals - think fur pattern, tracks, that sort of thing - or suits or general nature. Consider simulating a tapestry or woodcut, or creating a tesselation. Dimensions must be 3.5" x 2.25". Please use a limited palette.

This contest is open to EVERYBODY, whether currently participating or not.

Interested artists should submit finished pieces for consideration. Unfinished work will be considered, but the more finished it is the better chance it may have.

Submissions BY ANSWER TO THIS POST due by Sunday, September 11, Midnight Utah time (GMT-7). Judging will be completely at the discretion of the Bestiary organizers.

We have not decided upon the prize yet, but it will undoubtedly include some extra decks, among other surprises. If not already involved in the Bestiary project, the winner may opt to buy in to the production pool and receive decks for sale.

Thanks in advance for playing. Have fun and good luck!

2nd September 2005

avorpalllama2:30pm: Lucky number 7!
And diamonds are the winners!
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bastek12:09pm:
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mbala1:09am: Dodo
Dodo:

1st September 2005

thornwolf1:03pm: Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam
Tatanka! Tatanka!



Detail cuz this guy is too cute:



Small version! (I used the "sharpen" filter in photoshop cuz its a habit of mine and I feel it brings out the edges better)



Am I done? Please say I'm done. *keels over DEAD*
Current Mood: artistic
pseudomanitou11:42am: Done.
northern pacific giant octopus

Diamonds in the lead.
I'm going to go soak my inking hand in some ice now...
synnabar11:41am: King of Diamonds - Lion

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Sorry it took so long, I kept re-doing it! I tried the full-body pose with the spear first, but he looked too small and... non-kingly (this guy, though - I guess you could call him "vainglorious"). I also tried putting African ornamentation on him, but finally decided it was busy enough without it. Plus, the lion's a symbol in many cultures, so he's sort of "universal" here. Mmm, symbolism... I really enjoyed doing this - thank you!

I can still make changes! Again, the .jpg is less saturated than the .psd file. Is the bunny one okay, by the way? Should I change the size / color / detail of the spades?
susan_calvin2:10pm: YAY!
BUTAAN!

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^_^

31st August 2005

avorpalllama10:51pm: Ace of Diamonds!
Whew! 1 down, 1 more to go.
these are gonna cut it close, i'm afraid :/
if anyone has any last minute suggestions, it's not too late to fix things!
otherwise... anyone remember who we send the final files to?

7 of diamonds is on it's way...

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gatcat6:30pm: Deadline, she's a-comin!
Hi everyone! Just a reminder, tomorrow (yes TOMORROW!) is the deadline for the finished art. We have 31/54 pieces finished so far -- go take a look at the set so far and revel in their glory.

Congratulations goes to The Number 2™, for being the first complete number set. We're still waiting for one of the suits to hit bingo, with Clubs leading the pack at 10/13 and Diamonds nipping at their heels with 9. Spades and Hearts are tied for last with 5/13, but don't lose hope--if you work together, you can catch up!

And BIG congratulations goes to everyone who's completed cards so far. Awesome stuff!

nambroth8:08pm: Five of hearts
I had a lot of fun smushing the digital paint into this one, I used tools I never used before. Ye Olde Art Directors, if you feel it's too rough around the edges feel free to let me know. I was bearing in mind the final printing size and left it a bit chunky. :}

Five of Hearts: Barn owls

kenket6:02pm: Jack of Hearts: black-backed jackal
neogeen3:34pm:
With a huge thanks to Berb and you folks for prodding me along. Also to Ilyat for making an off suggestion that led me to treating the whole thing as if I were going to silkscreen it. In hindsight, I wish I could have had time to silkscreen the final image, as handpulling this monster would have been so fun.

30th August 2005

synnabar3:45pm: 2 of Spades - Eastern Cottontail
my iconic bunnyCollapse )
Current Mood: okay
dragoncreator8:23am: Large files.
What's a good way to send rather large files across cyber space? Specifically 600dpi files. I don't think my e-mail attachment thingy can take it. =^^=
Current Mood: confused
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